2nd Raffles Dialogue on Human Well-Being and Security In 2030: The Critical Role Of Innovation |

2nd Raffles Dialogue on Human Well-Being and Security In 2030: The Critical Role Of Innovation



Achieving human well-being and security (HWS) requires tackling multiple challenges central to sustainable and equitable human development, including mitigating the ill-effects of globalisation, dealing with climate change and the health of the planet as a whole, developing effective and relevant technologies through a robust research endeavour, delivering quality healthcare and education, alleviating poverty and inequity, ensuring international cooperation and goodwill, and building effective global institutions which provide strong governance. To help tackle these challenges, the National University of Singapore and the National University Health System convened the inaugural Raffles Dialogue in 2015 as a gathering of global thought- and opinion-leaders to review the state of human well-being and security (HWS), a key concern facing all countries, rich and poor alike.

We hope to build on the outcome of the first Dialogue to develop future dialogues which will analyse and debate a spectrum of HWS issues of concern to all nations, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. To this end the second Dialogue will have the overall theme of ‘Human Well-being and Security in 2030: The Critical Role of Innovation’.

For information on the speaker lineup please click here and for the programme click here.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, 56, studied Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) after being awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1980. He was elected President of the NUS Students’ Union from 1981 to 1983 and Chairman from 1984 to 1985.

After graduation, he specialised in Ophthalmology. He was appointed Associate Professor of the National University of Singapore and Deputy Director of Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) in 1997. He led several clinical research trials to control the progression of myopia in children. In 1999, he became the Medical Director of SNEC. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore General Hospital in 2000.

Dr Balakrishnan has been a Member of Parliament since 2001. He is currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is also the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative. He previously held appointments as the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister responsible for Entrepreneurship, Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and Minister of State for National Development.

During the early years of his political career, he served as Chairman of the “Remaking Singapore” committee and Chairman of the National Youth Council. He also served two terms as Chairman of the Young PAP.

Lord Nigel CRISP

House of Lords, UK

Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

He spends much of his time working on global health, particularly in Africa, where he has been particularly involved in developing partnerships and supporting the training of health workers. He is currently leading the development of a global campaign on nursing, Nursing Now.

He was previously Chief Executive of the NHS in England, the largest health organization in the world with 1.3 million staff, and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006.

He is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Medicine.

Lord Crisp has written extensively on health. His book Turning the world upside down describes what high income countries can learn from middle and low income countries and takes further the ideas about partnership and mutual learning developed in Global Health Partnerships. His most recent books include African Health Leaders, edited with Francis Omaswa, and One World Health – and overview of global health.

Prof Dame Sally DAVIES

Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, United Kingdom

Dame Davies was appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government in March 2011, having held the post on an interim basis since June 2010. Dame Davies is an independent advisor to the UK Government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding Public Health.

From 2004-2016, Dame Davies was the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department of Health (DH), where she was actively involved in NHS R&D from its establishment and founded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). In 2013, Dame Davies became a Non-Executive Director of Genomics England Ltd, wholly owned and funded by DH, to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients by 2017.

Dame Davies sits on the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board and has led delegations to WHO summits and forums since 2004. She advises many governments and organisations on health and policy, holding positions on a number of Boards.

Prof Mari Elka PANGESTU

Professor of International Economics, University of Indonesia

Professor Mari Pangestu is a Senior Fellow at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia and on the Board of Directors, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta. She currently serves on a number of boards such as the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); member of the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices; distinguished fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong; board member to Australia Indonesia Council; member of editorial board of Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, ANU; member of the Global Future Council on Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum; and board member of the United in Diversity (UID) Foundation, Jakarta.

Professor Pangestu is also a Commissioner on the Board of Astra International and Chairman of Bank BTPN in Indonesia; sits on the International Advisory Board of McLarty Associates, Washington DC; Board Member of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris and is also active as an advisor to various other social and business organizations.

Professor Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014. As Minister of Trade she led all the international trade negotiations and cooperation for Indonesia. Professor Pangestu worked with Jeffrey Sachs on the UN Secretary General Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review (2003-2005), was the WTO Group-33 Chairperson (2005-2011), nominated as a candidate for the WTO Director General (2013). In December 2014, she was awarded the “lifetime achievement in leadership” award during the World Chinese Enterprise Forum in Chongqing China. Professor Pangestu obtained her BA and MA from the Australian National University (ANU), and her PhD from the University of California Davis.

Chair Person:

Monday, 04 September 2017

3.00 pm


NUS University Hall Auditorium
21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd,
Lee Kong Chian Wing Level 2
Singapore 119077

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